Summer essentials

Summer essentials

SUMMER ESSENTIALS.

It’s that time of the year again! Lovely hot weather, sunshine shining over us, not a cloud in the sky apart from one tiny detail…Our beloved skin is secretly suffering in silence…
While most of us know the benefits of using lots and lots of spf protection a recent consumers survey in Belgium found out that from the 10 products they tested (products varied from known luxury brands to less known supermarket house brands), the results were chocking…
Three of the products tested didn’t had the required spf in it, 4 others claimed on the label to be spf 50 but after dermatological testing revealed they only contained enough for it to be an spa 15…
Which is to say the least,… Troublesome news.
After another recent study, testers have done a survey under one thousand men and woman living in a Western European country who were going to a hot holiday destination this summer, if they would apply enough sun cream on their stay there, turns out almost 50% sporadically put some cream on, 20% told the interviewers they would go out the door without anything on, and the remaining said they would put some on before leaving the house but do not re-apply after exiting the swimming pool or after sweating for a reasonable amount of hours.
As a redhead myself i have always known to take old care of my skin while on holiday i would not leave the house before putting a sun cream all over myself which was a waterproof spf 50. But finding a spf 50 sun cream here in Western Europe is unfortunately not that easy, luckily i go to Western Australia once or twice a year and would literally pile up the tubes of sun cream i buy at local pharmacies there.

Apart from wearing sun cream our skin also get dryer in the summer, and suffers a lot from the hot and dry climate. Luckily there are some things we could do to give our skin a bit of help.

1 (waterspray Avene) i used to spray before i go into the sun and when i come back, it refreshed my skin in a great way and is not sticky.

2 Chanel face mist i use this spray during the day all over my face just a few sprays is enough for your skin to feel comfortable and helps it regain its elasticity again.

3 I use this oil (grown alchemist skin oil) at night right before i’m going to get my beauty sleep, the oil works really well when applied right after using toner and right before using your favourite night cream.

4 I stay true to the stay hydrate skin cream, i apply a little amount right after using my serum and right before applying sun cream to my face, it keeps it very flexible and makes my skin looks clear and well hydrated,

5 hydra tinted repair day cream, i occasionally change my day cream and use this one instead, or i’ll mix both the hydrate skin cream with a little amount of the hydra repair to get the effect of having applied foundation.

Next i use the Supergoop Lip Balm, i especially love this product because the sun on your lips can make you get cold sores (this happened to me in Australia once) the sensation of getting a cold sore from the sun is very unpleasant and for the rest of the time you can barely go into the sun with the cold sore because it starts to itch a lot when it comes in contact with the sun, so i love this product because it has one of the highest spf protector that i have ever found in a lip balm so far, even the ones i bought in Australia only were spy 15/20 max. And the higher the spf the higher the protection 😉

Sunscreen wise i use a variety of brands, it depends on which one i carry in my bag at the time, if i’ll wear it or not, but i’ve tested all of the following products for many years in the past and never got burned while wearing any of them.

Also make sure to drink lots and lots of water during the summer, your body and skin will thank you for it.

& Blueberries! Eat lots of blueberries in the summer, not only are they easy to find this season but their nutrition value is incredible and they taste delicious. Easy to blend some into a smoothy in the morning or to add some to your morning muesli or porridge.

 

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Why going to Australia was the best decision i’ve ever made.

Why going to Australia was the best decision i’ve ever made.

As a kid i grew up watching Skippy every Sunday morning, But it wasn’t until i was 16 years old that i had met my very first Australian buddy, he told me about this magical part of the world he came from and i was intrigued to say the least, It seemed to me like a wonderful country with kangaroos jumping around everywhere, beaches all over, friendly people, beautiful weather… I was dreaming about it for months, until that one day i e-mailed my buddy who by that time was already back in Oz asking him if i would go to visit Australia which part would he recommend me to check out first, the next day he had already replied, with a long email full with ‘Australia things’ he told me he came from Perth in Western Australia, and that maybe Perth could be a great idea to start exploring oz.
I googled all the placed he had told me to go to when i was there and i got so fascinated that i booked a ticket to Perth straight away, I didn’t even book a return ticket yet.
I don’t know how or why but i knew Australia would be an eye-opener for me, i was at a rough place in my life when i decided to email my aussie buddy who advised me that a trip to oz might make me feel better, and he was right.

My trip to Perth was amazing, i had the best time of my life there. I remember not wanting to go back home after 3 weeks. I felt like i belonged there, i could see myself living there forever.

I went to have long strolls on the beach, i met kangaroos, i met koalas, i met a lot of insect (i wasn’t planning to meet tbh) And i met so many super friendly locals, i felt like i had finally found my place, my happy place, even though Perth is small, it didn’t matter to me, i felt like i was finally home. I felt myself slowly falling in love with the country.

When it was time to say goodbye, i could feel the tears rolling down my eyes, i was crying like a baby for 4 hours straight, and i couldn’t understand why, why do i have so much feelings for this place? 3 years and many trips to Australia later i still haven’t figured it out.. My love for Australia is like any other great love, it hits you, it leaves you guessing, it can make you cry, but it can also make you the happiest person in the world, so many people look for that big love, that one person that would mean so much to you, that person that changes you, that upsets the way you were living your life before you met them, that person you crave for. That one person that loves you in the exact same way.

With every trip i’ve made after Australia i would always find myself longing to go back to Perth as quickly as possible.

That country to me means pure love….And i’m a hopeless romantic.

‘Why would you go to Australia my friends asked me? ‘What do you hope to find there?’—I don’t know i said, i don’t know what it will be i will find there but i know i will find something that will make me me again.

I know that to me Australia will be everything i could ask for and more, i know that this country is not just going to be a country to me, it’s a way of life.
I know that when i come back i won’t be the same person that i used to be anymore

In Australia i’ve learned that life doesn’t always have to be what we think it should be,
In Australia they’ve taught me that life is so much more than what we think in Europe living is, life is enjoying every moment, whether that is with your family or your lover, or your pet. Life is something you share with one another, in life you cannot be selfish, you have to give love to receive love.
Australia and it’s locals have taught me to enjoy the little things in life, to be grateful for every moment we have on this earth, to not be to blinded by what you do not have that you don’t see what you do have.

life itself has taught me many things about how life should be, Australia has taught me how life could be, if you let it.
It made me see clearly about what i want in life, it made me appreciate all the little things again such as smiling to strangers, saying hello’s more often, saying thank you’s more often, asking strangers how their day has been so far, wishing strangers a great day.

Europe is lovely and great but sometimes we forget that kindness is free, and our vision gets blurred by the everyday stuff that we forget to smile when something beautiful happens, or when a random acts of kindness happens.

And when that happens, when your vision gets blurred by all of the everyday situations we have to reboot ourselves, as humans do, we have to look for a place that’ll make us very happy, spend as long as you need there, reboot your mind body and soul, and come back feeling reborn.

When i returned to Paris (my 2nd biggest love of my life), i felt myself being changed in my way of thinking, i started to think more positive about everything again, i found myself seeing glasses half full instead half empty. I was in the best vibe i had ever been in, i was happy all the time, i laughed for no reason,…

That’s the thing with falling in love when it hits you it really hits you, there’s no escaping from it. I know people that are scared to fall in love, or to be loved even, they are scared of letting that one person down, or that the other person might hurt them. But there is nothing safe or secure enough to hide you from love. It will pop up when you least expect it, it might be someone you already knew, or someone you never thought you could fall for, but you will.

Love is the key to everything that is and always will be here, without love there wouldn’t be people starting having children, there wouldn’t be families that love each other, life would be empty without love, and human beings are not made for such emptiness.

“Being lost in Australia gives you a lovely sense of security.” – Bruce Chatwin

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

 

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When a woman loves a man… 

When a woman loves a man… 

When a girl loves a man, 
On any given day you can fall in love with someone, you can love them in a way you have never loved someone before… They can mean the world to you. 

That someone can be madly in love with you too, and you create a beautiful love story. 

But sometimes that person doesn’t love you back the same way that you love them. 

You’re self confidence is ruined, you feel rejected, you feel like you will never love again. 

Or at least not as much as you loved that one person. 

But you will… 

even-though it seems impossible at that time, and your heart will need to heal but in the end you will fall in love again. 
With someone new, someone nice, someone sweet, someone who’s ready for the kind of love that you have to offer and does not take it for granted. 
Someone that is willing to hold your hand thru the darkest of times.
Maybe it will take you months, maybe years… 
Maybe it can even be that same person that will start to love you back in a way you deserve, nobody knows, life is complicated when it comes down to love. But one day you’ll be laying in bed on a Sunday morning with the love of your life and it’ll be all worth it. 

 
‘Is that Charlie? 

Can I… – How did you meet? – 

At a party. I’d come to Toronto on a teaching exchange. We started talking and I had this feeling about him. The same for him. It wasn’t exactly a thunderclap or a lightning bolt. It was more like a… 

Light drizzle? You honestly never had that feeling about anybody in your entire life? If I did, I would not admit it. His chin looks a little weak, if you ask me. It doesn’t and I didn’t. Why wouldn’t you admit it? Why should I? Look where it has got you. Maybe if you did, you wouldn’t have that little problem we mustn’t talk about. It’s not a problem. It’s just a temporary… There is something in his eyes. – Vain. It is a word, no? – It is a word. He has beautiful eyes. And he knows it. You can see it in his smile. Not even a smile. A smirk. It is a word? Shut up. Is it a word? Two words, no? Why are you chasing after him after what he’s done to you? Because I love him. And I’m afraid that if he doesn’t come back, that I’ll… it’ll hurt so much that I’ll shrivel up and never be able to love anyone again. You say that now but… after a time, you would forget. First, you would forget his chin and then his nose and after a while you would struggle to remember the exact colour of his eyes. And one day you wake up and he’s gone. His voice, his smell, his face. He will have left you. And then you can begin again.

PARIS – NIGHT Harry, with his collar turned up against the cold, walks past the glass pyramid in front of The Louvre. EXT. PONT NEUF – PARIS – MOMENTS LATER Harry walks over the bridge, the beauty surrounding him just making it all worse. He stops, looks out at the Seine. He hears a classic French song in the distance, then sees a small barge, playing the music, pass beneath him. Without warning, a tear falls from his eye. HARRY (laughs at himself) At the end of the day, I’m nothin’ but a sap, a stupid old sap, standing on a bridge in Paris, crying my eyes out. He stops, looks at the mighty city surrounding him. Beauty’s not supposed to hurt. Another tear. HARRY (almost amused) Look who gets to be the girl. He wipes his eyes on his coat sleeve as SNOW begins to fall. HARRY (looking toward heaven) Anything else… . ERICA’S VOICE Harry? Harry turns and sees Erica standing by a Cab with its motor running, snow falling on her hair and coat. HARRY Where’s Julian? ERICA He went back to the hotel. HARRY How come? 128. ERICA (walking to him) He said when he saw me with you, he knew I was still in love with you. What do you have to say about that? HARRY If it’s true, my life just got made. ERICA Why’d you come here, Harry? HARRY Because I realized what I was feeling for you, have always felt for you, was something I didn’t understand, like a language I didn’t speak… (she listens…) It scared me so I did what I do. I snuck away. Turns out the heart attack was easy to get over. You were somethin’ else. (she’s starting to melt) And when I went to see all those women, I found out I was never really present for any of them. And something inside me at some point, had just…shut off. That’s when I think my heart gave out and you saved me. I finally get what it’s all about. I’m 63 years old and I am in love for the first time in my life. And that’s what I came here to say. ERICA Okay, this is the best birthday ever. HARRY I know I’m no spring chicken, I figure I only got another 30-40 years in me. Tops. But how ’bout we figure out a way to make this work. ERICA Okay. HARRY Okay? Okay! I’ll take it. The Barge drifts back under the bridge, La Vie En Rose piping out of it’s tinny speakers. HARRY Honey, they’re playing our song. 129. She comes close and he pulls her in, kissing her great. And as they separate, he smiles, relieved.

This is a message to all the naysayers.

This is a message to all the naysayers.

To all the people that told me i couldn’t do it, and to all the people that still say that i cannot do it.

This is to all the people that felt the need to belittle others who have a dream and who have the passion to pursue that dream.

To all the people that don’t believe in other people achieving their goal or dream.

One message for you guys: ’You can’t sit with us’-

When creating something in your life, or when you’re trying to reach a certain goal you always get so many naysayers, so many people that will tell you not to do it, so many people that rather see you on your knees instead of having the success you work so hard for.

Too many naysayers, too little yaysayers…

But don’t ever let that stop you from doing what you love, from being who you are or from chasing that specific goal or dream, in life there is only one person responsible for creating your dream life and that person is you. NOBODY ELSE.

If you wanna get something out of this life, go get it,
Do what you can in order to get what it is you dream of.
Never stop, believe you can make it happen, act as though it is impossible to fail, and persevere.
Keep holding on, keep doing the work.

I remind myself often of this Les Brown quote that says ‘In life you’re either in the way or on the way’.

The in the way-ers will try to knock you down with all of their power, but you cannot let that hold you back, people are scared of successful people, of people who are determined to chase their dreams, to have that dream job, or live their dream life, but you should not listen to the negative people, they are easy to recognise because whenever they talk about their achievements it usually starts with the occasional ‘I also tried to do that and i failed’. it’s the standard answer you get with naysayers, because they ‘tried’ to make something out of their lives and it failed, so instead of trying it again they feel like it’s better to be bringing other people’s dreams down 24/7.

But it doesn’t matter what they do, all that matters is what you do, and what you continue to do.

Keep working, keep creating, keep believing in yourself and before you know it you’ll be going at full speed towards making your dreams become a reality.

Never underestimate the power you have within yourself to change your life, or to inspire others.
You never know when one day you might become somebody else’s inspiration to pursue their dreams..

 

If you can dream it, you can do it.” —Walt Disney

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” —W. Clement Stone

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” —Arthur Ashe

Love yourself <3

Love yourself <3

Self confidence,

If you’re like me and you are a rather shy person it is very difficult for some to feel self confident.

When i was younger i always expected self confidence to come with aging, but as i grow older i realised that self confidence is something we should learn to have within us.

We tend tot hink that when we have everything, and when everything in our lives is going perfectly, we will be at our best and so will our confidence be, and that is a wrong idea to live with.
Self confidence, should not only happen when everything is right or when you think after losing 10 pounds you will finally be good enough…

As a kid i moved to Spain from Belgium with my parents,
I remember my first years at school, i didn’t knew the language and making friends was complicated since they all spoke Spanish, i was also homesick for the first 3 years or so. I kept longing to move back to Belgium… I felt myself more and more crawling into my own little niche. A niche i build myself by the thoughts i had about myself and they weren’t positive…
when i turned 14 i made a decision not to let myself down and make something out of my life, it was time i would stand up for who i was and not what other would want me to be.
Thankfully i had very comforting parents who stood by my decision.

At age 15 i got scouted by an agent from a modelling agency in London. The agency was based out in London and in Canada, they asked me to do a test shoot and 2 months later i was signed with them, unfortunately London thought i was too young for the business, and so they tried to help me from a distance they put me in contact with agencies in Barcelona since this was closer to home, and would’ve be such a big move to move.

I went to Barcelona when i was 16 years old, i went to work in an agency in the city centre of Bcn (short for Barcelona), I was very shy, had really long hair, was pretty tall, and not so skinny. I was really scared from all the stories i had heard about the industry, i was terrified i wouldn’t be able to do it, to have the courage to even go to a casting at all and present myself. But what i had learned in the upcoming 2 years was so much, i quickly made some friends in the industry and had the time of my life, it was fun, we would go to vip parties, do tv commercials for axe and volkswagen it was so much fun, we were living the dream….
Until i got 18..i started being homesick again, and i would spend all my free weekends traveling to Belgium, I would miss my family in Belgium a lot, and i would find ways to be able to stay longer in Antwerp every chance i had, so i one point i decided i wasn’t going to wait any longer, i quit my job with the agency in bcn and moved back to Belgium.

And then the most weird thing happened… Since i was 8 years old i expected my own country to make me feel comfortable and safe and at home again…And it totally backfired, i didn’t felt at home at all, i realised i had spend too much time away from belgium to ever feel at home here again. After a few months i was diagnosed with an illness, which wasn’t very pleasant, it got the best of me for weeks, i was sick for months and living off strong medication to get me through the day. At one point i had spend one week in the hospital and i got 2 days off and they told me to have so fun because the next few examinations will be a though one.
My mom and i went to Brussels to grab some lunch and she asked me what i wanted to do in those days, right at that moment i saw a car from Paris… ‘ I wanna go to Paris’ i said, she looked at me and went are you sure? it’s a few hours driving, ‘yes’ i wanna go, i haven’t been in years and i felt lik Paris was going to give me something i wouldn’t find anywhere else.
The next day we took the car and went to Paris, it was as if a new world opened in front of me, beautiful houses, all the best stores, the sun was shining, it was as if i was dreaming.
5 months later i moved to Paris and it has been the best decision i’ve ever made.

But to go back to subject, we think that we can grow or learn self confidence, but it isn’t, we have to let go of all the woulda coulda shoulda and just enjoy life, do what is it you love, because working on yourself is as important as figuring out where you wanna live, and how you wanna live.
Life is what created you, what makes you you.
Enjoy how you look like, appreciate your body for all the amazing things it does, if you think you’re too fat or too skinny, don’t worry about it, let it go and relax.
Do what you feel is right, don’t do what others think you should.
Only listen to your own voice, that voice deep inside you that knows,

You are beautiful as you are with what you have, cause what you have is plenty.
and if you have a dream you wanna realise, don’t be scared to try it.
It might be scary, it might be big, it might fail but it might also give you your best life possible.
So as you’re reading this now, relax, take a deep breath, enjoy your life the way it is right now, even if it’s not how you want it to be at this point, but you gotta appreciate what you have already before dreaming about others things you wanna have.

Love yourself, because you are a perfect human being, put on this earth to do amazing things in your life and others.

The experiences of my past have made me the strong 22 year old woman i am today, today i have a healthy love for myself, i know what my worth is and i don’t let anyone tell me differently.

The person that i am today, had achieved so many things my 14 year old could have never imagined me doing, and if i had the opportunity to give my younger self some tips and advice, i’d tell her not to worry, whatever it is you want it will come to you as long as you believe in yourself and in what you are doing. Be proud of who you are and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. You reading this, are perfect.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

― Steve Jobs

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.

— Lucille Ball

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